Garrapata State Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (May 28, 2021)

What is open now?

  • Garrapata State Park coastal trails, beach, and the Soberanes Canyon Trail on the east side of Hwy 1, are open for day use.
  • There is no restroom facility, but portable restrooms are available.

What is currently closed?

  • Rock Ridge Trail east of Hwy 1 is closed due to hazardous conditions.
  • There is no campground at Garrapata State Park.


Phone Number

(831) 624-4909

Park Hours

Call the park

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed on the beach at Gate 19 (south end of the park) and trails leading to it. Dogs not allowed in all other areas.

Driving Directions to Garrapata SP

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Hiking Trails
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs


Garrapata State Park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.


The popular Soberanes Canyon Trail partially reopened on Saturday, April 14, 2018, following previoius fire damage and closures.

It is now open exclusively from the main, gated trailhead on the east side of Highway 1, across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata Coastal Trail.
Visitors are able to hike to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail.

Plan on an out and back hike as the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail is closed due to hazardous conditions.


For all Big Sur Area State Parks, please visit the individual park unit websites for detailed information aout what is open, camping reservations and more!

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There is limited access for dogs on leash at the Garrapata State Park beach area:

Dogs on leash are ONLY are allowed on the beach at Gate 19 (south end of park) and on the trails leading to it.

Dogs are NOT allowed in all other areas, including across Hwy 1 in the Soberanes Canyon Trail area.

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